The US Military's Stunning Conspiracy Theory Emerges From The Archives: "ISIS Leader Does Not Exist"

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Having noted that voter angst has been riled, propagandized, and fear-mongered to the point at which the most pressing priority for Congress is to 'fix' terrorism, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that we discover - deep down in the archives - that giving the public someone to 'hate' as opposed to something may have been an entire fiction. As The New York Times exposed in 2007, Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, the titular head of the Islamic State, according to Brigadier General Kevin Bergner - the chief American military spokesman at the time - never existed (and was actually a fictional character whose audio-taped declarations were provided by an elderly actor named Abu Adullah al-Naima).


Via The New York Times (2007),

For more than a year, the leader of one the most notorious insurgent groups in Iraq was said to be a mysterious Iraqi named Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi.


As the titular head of the Islamic State in Iraq, an organization publicly backed by Al Qaeda, Baghdadi issued a steady stream of incendiary pronouncements. Despite claims by Iraqi officials that he had been killed in May, Baghdadi appeared to have persevered unscathed.


On Wednesday, a senior American military spokesman provided a new explanation for Baghdadi's ability to escape attack: He never existed.


Brigadier General Kevin Bergner, the chief American military spokesman, said the elusive Baghdadi was actually a fictional character whose audio-taped declarations were provided by an elderly actor named Abu Adullah al-Naima.


The ruse, Bergner said, was devised by Abu Ayub al-Masri, the Egyptian-born leader of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, who was trying to mask the dominant role that foreigners play in that insurgent organization.


The ploy was to invent Baghdadi, a figure whose very name establishes his Iraqi pedigree, install him as the head of a front organization called the Islamic State of Iraq and then arrange for Masri to swear allegiance to him. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's deputy, sought to reinforce the deception by referring to Baghdadi in his video and Internet statements.


The evidence for the American assertions, Bergner announced at a news briefing, was provided by an Iraqi insurgent: Khalid Abdul Fatah Daud Mahmud al-Mashadani, who was said to have been captured by American forces in Mosul on July 4.


According to Bergner, Mashadani is the most senior Iraqi operative in Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. He got his start in the Ansar al-Sunna insurgent group before joining Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia more than two years ago, and became the group's "media emir" for all of Iraq. Bergner said that Mashadani was also an intermediary between Masri in Iraq and bin Laden and Zawahiri, whom the Americans assert support and guide their Iraqi affiliate.


"Mashadani confirms that al-Masri and the foreign leaders with whom he surrounds himself, not Iraqis, made the operational decisions" for Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, Bergner said.




Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official and a Middle East expert, said that experts had long wondered whether Baghdadi actually existed. "There has been a question mark about this," he said.


Nonetheless, Riedel suggested that the disclosures made Wednesday might not be the final word on Baghdadi and the leaders of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. Even Mashadani's assertions, Riedel said, might be a cover story to protect a leader who does in fact exist.


"First, they say we have killed him," Riedel said, referring to the statements by some Iraqi government officials. "Then we heard him after his death and now they are saying he never existed. That suggests that our intelligence on Al Qaeda in Iraq is not what we want it to be."


American military spokesmen insist they have gotten to the truth on Baghdadi. Mashadani, they say, provided his account because he resented the role of foreign leaders in Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. They say he has not repudiated the organization.


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Ironman 3 anyone?

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So he was a ghost back then.... is he a ghost again, a propaganda test-tube baby designed purely to put a face on ISIS and the biggest bogeyman of the current global anti-terrorist mania, so necessary to boost global QE in lieu of a world war (for now)?

It's certainly easier for an average joe to 'hate' a demonic leader than an amorphous 'thing' called 'Radical Islam' - just ask President Obama.

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Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:17 | 5683420 yrbmegr
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I saw that movie.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:21 | 5683434 kliguy38
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I just can't believe I've been lied to

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:22 | 5683445 Groundhog Day
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I know where all the terrorists reside, and they ain't in the islamic state

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:27 | 5683473 White Owl
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Perhaps.... those who create terrorists.... are the real terrorists.... George Orwell 1984

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:32 | 5683493 Orwell was right
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Thumbs up

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:36 | 5683508 Paveway IV
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Soooo..... Fake ISIS had a fake leader? 

What evil clownfuckery is THIS?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:38 | 5683516 Ignatius
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...and his song was doing so well on the charts.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:41 | 5683528 Pool Shark
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So that's what Ben Kingsley's been up to...



Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:43 | 5683542 Divided States ...
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Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi probably knows of Edward Quince.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:51 | 5683572 y3maxx
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...Baghdadi = Bighdadi = Obama...

I tried to fool some folks.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:53 | 5683581 MillionDollarBonus_
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I'll tell you what is real: poverty and wealth inequality. Wealth inequality has reached staggering levels over the last 50 years. Some studies show that oportunities for the poor in both the workforce and in higher education have dminished significantly over the last couple of decades. Schools in poorer areas still perform well below the national average, keeping the cycle of poverty in full force. In addition, the number of low skill job vancancies has also been on the decline, diminishing opportunies for the poort to enter the workforce. 

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:59 | 5683601 TheFourthStooge-ing
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I wish some accredited experts would address this issue.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:12 | 5683641 TeamDepends
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Is there a think-tank in the house?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:17 | 5683659 auntiesocial
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furthermore, don't muslims and / or terrorists love martyrdom? you get your own webpage if you blow up yourself in the name of Allah? 

why don't the 9/11 hijackers and obl have martyrdom fan pages? 

did they not qualify???

and wouldn't 72 virgins be a hassle? just sayin'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:34 | 5683694 nope-1004
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We invented some folks.


Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:36 | 5683766 Cacete de Ouro
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"You're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:42 | 5686157 old naughty
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wait, Ben Kingsley ?

They only revealed, near the end of the movie (duh!) that Mandarin was a fraud, no?

So is the movie ending?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:36 | 5683768 The Juggernaut
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Kind of like how Bin Landen died of Marfan Syndrome way before 9/11

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:44 | 5683813 auntiesocial
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if the bank vaults were emptied below the WTC complex the day of... it is bigger than some guy dumped at sea 7 years later...

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:57 | 5683898 BLOTTO
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Who are these guys then?




Multi National Forces – Iraq

Theatre Wide Security Services 

Department of Defense 

 Minister of Interior 

Personal Security Detail 

 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – U.S. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Embassy

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:28 | 5685690 HockeyDude
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The real terriost list :)

M'Balz Es-Hari

Graabir Boubi

Haid D'Salaami

Hous Bin Pharteen

I-Bin Pharteen

I-Zheet M'Drurz


Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:44 | 5683664 Ghordius
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+1, stooge,  and I need a new keyboard

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:01 | 5683602 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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The irony is that many on the right are quick to blame the working class and the poor for needing government programs or "handouts", as they put it, but conveniently ignore the billions given to large corporations, industries and wealthy individuals in the form of subsidies, tax shelters or tax breaks. 

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:13 | 5683645 Coldfire
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Right. As if the state not stealing what the corporations have produced is a handout to them. Go back to school, fool.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:56 | 5683889 MsCreant
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And the crony capitalist corporations have what they have to be taxed because they bought influence in government in the first place. All circle jerk, all the time. You too can "Go back to school, fool."

But not. 

You are right and so is Eirik, you are just each looking at one static part of a dynamic cluster-rape. Of course you are so dismayed by what your eyes first rest on that it is hard to keep the whole buggery picture/diagram flowing in your head.

Hard for me too.

And we are conditioned to "the state," your real point.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:57 | 5684223 MayIMommaDogFac...
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+10 well said

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:36 | 5685254 Calmyourself
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MsCreant, nicely put hard to keep the circle of corruption front and center.  But Erik, still a Scandi pussy..

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:18 | 5683676 yrbmegr
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Your reputation for irony troubles me, in this instance, because i believe what you say above to be true.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:34 | 5683749 Cacete de Ouro
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Bighdadi = Big Daddy?

The UK wrestling character from the 1970s? Now that would be surreal

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:59 | 5683865 crusty curmudgeon
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Robert Deniro forgot to mention "Big Daddy" in this SNL clip...

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:55 | 5683575 MillionDollarBonus_
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Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:55 | 5683583 PrayingMantis
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... and they have a website too? >>> this was published in September 4, 2014 ... >>> "What?! ISIS Has a Website in America That’s Linked to Our Gov? Watch Before It’s Removed…Because It Will Be…" >>> ...

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:40 | 5683529 bigdumbnugly
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The US Military's Stunning Conspiracy Theory Emerges From The Archives: "ISIS Leader Does Not Exist"


apparently they haven't checked 1600 pennsylvania ave yet

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:54 | 5683587 A Nanny Moose
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We have met the enemy....

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:03 | 5683618 A Nanny Moose
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what ever happened to good ol' fashioned hijinks?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:19 | 5683996 DaddyO
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The sheeple became too accustomed...

Moar, moar, moar because like opiates it takes a continuously increasing dose to maintain the same level of addiction.


Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:37 | 5685260 Calmyourself
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It changed its name to tomfoolery...

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:59 | 5684525 Paveway IV
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It's actually a 'thing' - coulrophilia


You need a license for it in most states, but thank God there's no tax on it (yet).

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:54 | 5683586 Drummond
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Pentagon briefing Room -

General A " We're gonna need a name for this new Bin Laden creation."

General B " Where are we going to have him operating out of?"

General A " Iraq"

General C " By Christ I think I've got it! What about Bagdad, we'll call him Baghdad"

General A "You know what, you might just be on to something here, also dad is short for Daddy. What about this one, Baghdadi, to make him sound more mature like us"

****laughter ensues****

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:36 | 5683509 MontgomeryScott
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Exposed! ISIS Caught Using US Army Tents In New Training Video!

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:43 | 5683533 Fun Facts
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Gardeners discover bag of ISIS flags in northern Israel | JTA

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:01 | 5683607 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Chauncey Gardener is Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:15 | 5683657 yrbmegr
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I'm about to start laughing.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 17:15 | 5685433 StychoKiller
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Hmm, home-grown you say?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:55 | 5683591 de3de8
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Only stunning to the sheeple

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:30 | 5683736 Max Steel
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Wait Wait !! But French intelligence said ISIS leader was trained by Mossad ??   What the fuck CENTCOM ??

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:09 | 5684301 Fun Facts
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follow the bags of ISIS flags

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:27 | 5683476 Latina Lover
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Let me guess.....Capitol Hill, Pentagon or CIA Langley?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:31 | 5683487 Rubicon
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This in on wankopedia. So what?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:33 | 5683496 SoilMyselfRotten
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I'm on a strict diet, I'd love them to quantify exactly how much shit i must swallow

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